February 7, 2023 – Daily Caller
The Virginia House approved a bill Tuesday which would prevent teachers from keeping a child’s social transition from their parents.
Sage’s Law is named after a 14-year-old girl who was sex trafficked twice and raped after the state removed her from her parents’ custody to protect her from “misgendering.” In a tearful testimony before the Virginia education committee last week, Sage’s mother, Michele, said that while she and her husband were prepared to use Sage’s masculine name and pronouns, the school and the state still insisted Sage would be harmed by her parents. While fighting for custody, Sage was kept in a male children’s home, where she was repeatedly assaulted.
Sage’s law requires parents be notified if their child socially transitions to another gender, prohibits teachers from hiding that transition and clarifies the meaning of “child abuse” to not include “misgendering.” (RELATED: Virginia Democrats Are Explicitly Arguing Gov’t Should Intervene To Protect ‘Trans’ Kids From Their Families)
Virginia fight for Sage’s Law
January 19, 2023 – The Family Foundation – Press Conference
In the Summer of 2021, a freshman named Sage, with a difficult past including foster care and adoption by her grandparents, started at Appomattox High School. Trying to find acceptance from her peers, she decided to “transition” to be treated as a boy at school – a new name “Draco”, new male pronouns and using the boy’s bathroom. The school did not inform Sage’s parents of their active participation in Sage’s transition. Within a couple of weeks, she was assaulted by a group of boys in a boys’ bathroom. The school eventually contacted Sage’s parents, telling them to come pick up their distraught child.
At home, Sage’s mom assured her that she could stay home from school until they figured out what to do; her mom also found a hall pass for “Draco” in Sage’s backpack. A few hours later, Sage ran away from home to meet up with a “friend” she met through an “affirming” website. Instead, Sage was victimized by brutally sex trafficking for nine days before being recovered by the FBI in Maryland.
Then, things only got worse, as an ideological public defender and judge refused to return Sage to her parents, claiming her distraught parents’ calling her Sage and using her female pronouns was abuse and neglect. Maryland instead placed Sage in facilities with delinquent boys, where she was further sexually abused and given street drugs. Eventually placed in a behavioral health facility in Loudoun County, VA, Sage asked her mother to provide female clothes, but to keep that secret from facility staff that was pushing her to get a double mastectomy. Sage fled that facility, and again fell into horrific sex trafficking, this time ending up in Texas. Once again rescued, Sage was finally returned to her parents, with help from the Founding Freedoms Law Center in Richmond, VA. Sage’s family and advocates requested that Del. LaRock file legislation to protect other children from the horrors Sage and her family faced.